The State Public Health Veterinarian position manages and directs the epidemiologic and scientific surveillance, analyses, and control of zoonotic diseases in Wisconsin. In addition to commonly recognized zoonoses such as rabies and brucellosis, this position is also responsible for human prion diseases, including the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease surveilla surveillance program and works with the Departmen Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the issue of issue of Chronic Wasting Disease in cervids. This posi This position directs, develops, and enhances enhances statewide surveillance systems for zoonotic zoonotic diseases, and in that capacity is responsib responsible for establishing and implement implementing program goals, determining how surveilla surveillance will be conducted, and approving approving program plans and proposals. Other activitie activities include functioning as principal investiga investigator to direct epidemiologic investiga investigations and interventions; the developme development of hypotheses on the patterns and preve and prevention of these diseases; and the developme development of protocols and strategies for disease c disease control. In this capacity, the employee employee is responsible for providing direction direction to staff assisting in surveillance efforts. efforts.
In addition to the primary duties associated with z with zoonotic disease surveillance and contro control, the State Public Health Veteri Veterinarian provides leadership by:
Acting as the primary advisor and au authoritative consultant on zoonotic di diseases in Wisconsin for DHS ad administrators, the Chief Medical Officer fo for Communicable Diseases, public health pr practitioners, veterinarians, and human he health care providers.
Leading efforts to provide public health information to these partners and the public, by serving as the media spokesperson for DHS on zoonotic diseases, and directing the development of written guidelines, trainings, and publications in peer-reviewed journa journals.
Proposing and developing statutory or legi legislative changes relevant to the surv surveillance and control of zoonotic dise diseases.
Leading the preparation of pertinent program gr grant applications, and providing pr programmatic oversight of grant management fo for pertinent awards.
Coordinating with public health preparedness staff for planning and prevention efforts related to zoonotic diseases and serving as a member of the Department's Incident Management Structure for infectious disease-related activations.
Serving as the principal liaison between the DPH and agencies involved with zoonotic disease detection and control programs such as Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Animal Health Division, DNR related activations.
Serving as the principal liaison between the DPH and agencies involved with zoonotic disease detection and control programs such as Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Animal Health Division, DNR’s Wildlife Management Bureau, the the Wisconsin Interagency Task Force on Chr Chronic Wasting Disease, the UW School of Vet Veterinary Medicine, local and state vet veterinary medical associations, and the Nat National Association of State Public Health Vet Veterinarians.
Serving as a secondary supervisor of E Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers.